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Old March 3rd, 2010, 04:27 AM   #1
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CURITIBA | BRT

Curitiba's "Bus Rapid Transt" started in the 1970's and today is used by more than 2 Million riders a day.

The system, which is certainly not as cool or as efficient as a good subway system, is somewhat overused, however it serves its purpose.

Currently a subway line (23 Km) is being proposed.

The map below is missing the new "Green Line" (currently 9 Km, and 18 Km when completed).












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This gray bus circulates as a regular bus (with no exclusive lane).





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Old March 3rd, 2010, 11:52 AM   #2
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One of the main television stations here in Australia (SBS) did an episode of a documentary series about Curitiba and its old mayor, and of course its urban planning and bus system.



Looks like a great city with lots of parks and pedestrian areas.
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Old March 3rd, 2010, 04:17 PM   #3
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Thanks for the video.

It is a very nice city (it is my home town). It is very walkable, plenty of green areas and the transportation system works very well (specially compared with other cities in Brazil).

The city was very lucky of having Jaime Lerner as a mayor. When he was in office the city was not quite as large and if he hadnt implemented the changes he did back then, Curitiba would be a completely different place today.

Of course there are plenty of issues as well.

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Old March 3rd, 2010, 04:43 PM   #4
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We would love to see some more pics here of this excellent BRT system... plus an up-to-date map
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Old March 3rd, 2010, 06:05 PM   #5
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I couldnt find an updated map anywhere. However here is the map of the green line. If you look at the original map it crosses from the "Jd Botanico Station" to the "Pinheirinho Station". The "medium" green portion is complete and the remaining is under construction.

I will add more pictures later.



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By the way what great selection of pictures!

It should be noted that the very concept of the BRT System, now used in many cities worldwide, was INVENTED in Curitiba.
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Old March 4th, 2010, 06:48 AM   #7
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A few more pictures.

The first two pictures are from the same place a few years apart.


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2. curitibacityphotos.blogger.com.br


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4. Luizbocian

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5. Regional Imoveis

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6. Regional Imoveis

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7. JackCWB-SSC

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8. ACWB-SSC

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9. ACWB-SSC

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10- Gabriel Araujo-flickr

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11-Arland-flickr

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12-Belavia-flickr

Curitiba's Old Downtown (Paco Municipal)- This is unralated to the bus System but I liked the pictures

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13-Anzo-SSC

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14-Lvboston-flickr
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By the way what great selection of pictures!

It should be noted that the very concept of the BRT System, now used in many cities worldwide, was INVENTED in Curitiba.
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Great example of BRT done correctly. The issue is that normally BRT is really just a fancy name for regular bus service. If more cities made it like this it really could compete with other modes of transit.

Great pics!

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Curitiba BRT system used to be good, but now is obsolete. We need a Subway system urgently.
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images of the green line (linha verde)







those images were gotten from the city hall website:
http://www.curitiba.pr.gov.br/
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By the way what great selection of pictures!

It should be noted that the very concept of the BRT System, now used in many cities worldwide, was INVENTED in Curitiba.
Yes, I should have noted that Curitiba did invent the system. These articles from PBS and the NYT gives some good background information (beyond just the BRT system) if anyone is interested.

http://www.pbs.org/frontlineworld/fellows/brazil1203/

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/05/20/ma...uritiba&st=cse

I particularly like the nytimes article.
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Curitiba BRT system used to be good, but now is obsolete. We need a Subway system urgently.
In my opnion, for now, we just need a subway system in the main line (north - south). I believe a good upgrade in the other lines would be the implement of light rail vehicles, using the existent stations.
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Yes, I should have noted that Curitiba did invent the system. These articles from PBS and the NYT gives some good background information (beyond just the BRT system) if anyone is interested.

http://www.pbs.org/frontlineworld/fellows/brazil1203/

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/05/20/ma...uritiba&st=cse

I particularly like the nytimes article.
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Curitiba BRT system used to be good, but now is obsolete. We need a Subway system urgently.
I dont disagree that the system needs to be improved. But I am not sure a subway system is the only solution.
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Globe Award 2010: The Brazilian city Curitiba awarded the Globe Sustainable City Award 2010
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The Brazilian city Curitiba wins the Globe Sustainable City Award 2010. The city of Curitiba is awarded for excellent sustainable urban development. The Globe Award statuette will be presented to representatives from the City of Curitiba on April 29th at a gala dinner at the Nordic Museum in Stockholm, Sweden.

The Globe Sustainable City Award is now presented for the second year. The aim of the City Award is to underline cities and municipalities, which excel in sustainable urban development, and to set a positive example for others. The general mission of the Globe Sustainability Awards is to highlight and acknowledge particular cases and initiatives within the sustainability area.

?The City of Curitiba shows maturity in their understanding of sustainable city development ? both regarding policy and implementation. The holistic approach is well framed and managed in order to create a strong and healthy community, integrating the environmental dimension with other dimensions like intellectual, cultural, economic and social", the jury states in it?s motivation

The competition was hard and the runners-up were sustainable cities like Malmoe in Sweden, Murcia in Spain, Songpa in South Korea, Stargard Szczecinski in Poland (the winner of the Globe Award Polish Edition 2009) and Sydney in Australia.

"I congratulate Curitiba to the prestigious award for most sustainable city 2010. It is a very solid winner with a holistic municipal master plan integrating all strategic resources linked to innovation and future sustainability", says jury group Chairman Jan Sturesson, World Economic Forum in the Global Agenda Council "future of Government" and Partner in PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Curitiba city will be awarded at a prestigious gala dinner at the Nordic Museum in Stockholm, Sweden on April 29, held in connection to the Globe Forum sustainability conference on April 28-29th in Stockholm. The Globe Sustainabilty Awards have been given out since 2007 in four cathegories: Sustainable research, innovation, reporting and cities. For more information about the other Globe Award winners see www.globeaward.org.

For more information please contact:

Lars-Olle Larsson, Chairman of the Globe Award jury, Partner PricewaterhouseCoopers Sweden
Mobile: +46-709 29 39 83, e-mail: lars-olle.larsson@se.pwc.com

Martina Nee, Manager Globe Award, Globe Forum, Stockholm, Sweden
Mobile: +46-733 17 53 55, e-mail: martina.nee@globeforum.com

Carin Balfe Arbman. Press Contact Globe Forum, Stockholm, Sweden
Mobile: +46-706 33 35 08, e-mail carin.balfe.arbman@globeforum.com


About the winner:

Curitiba, Brazil ? Municipal Master Plan indicates reorganization of the urban territory, considering drainage basins as basic planning units, institutional strengthening, seeking the development of transversality in planning and environmental management processes as well as changes in production and consumption standards, reducing costs and waste. www.curitiba.br
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Curitiba starts using the world's largest bus

http://viagem.uol.com.br/ultnot/agen...-do-mundo.jhtm



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